Friday, November 24, 2006

Tebbit Weighs into Tosser Debate

On the use of the word 'Tosser' in the Sort-it campaign by the Conservatives Lord Tebbit said today: "I suppose this is a mark of the permissive society which has been lauded by the Labour Party over many years. There is no foul language nor physical or moral degradation which is not now embraced by the current orthodoxy. Unfortunately, the orthodoxy has reached the Conservative Party."

Lord Tebbit added: "It is not a word I would even use about Polly Toynbee."

Now there's an image best not contemplated...

21 comments:

Curly said...

Yes they need to get it sorted, but first let's concentrate on getting rid of the other Tossers who are funding themselves at the expense of council tax payers!

wrinkled weasel said...

I agree with the rottweiler. And Cameron is surrounded by people who regard the over forties as either invisible or irrelevant.

Nigel Farrage is currently rubbing his hands with glee™ as proper Conservative flock to their natural home.

Anonymous said...

Why are people more upset over the use of the word tosser than by being ripped off lied to and tagged bagged and labeled by the Labour government?

the real tossers are the people who still believe Blair and his cronies are doing a good job.

machiavelli said...

Lord Tebbit hasn't got an inner tosser; he's all tosser

Anonymous said...

curly - someone is really going to have to explain why this is a story?

Councillors-pay-their-party-subs-from-money-that-is-rightfully-theirs shocker!

The money is the Councillors by right. And then it's going to the Labour party. What on earth is corrupt about that?

If a public sector worker decides to give some of his pay to the Labour party, is that an example of public money corruptly going to the Labour party?


What next?
A councillor using his allowance to buy food from Tesco leading to a "How your Councillor is using your tax-money money to subsidise Tesco" story

I'm at a loss to see what is wrong. Somebody please explain.

Anonymous said...

Polly Toynbee - I would like to tosser off a cliff.

I'll get me coat.

Anonymous said...

Tosser, however, is a very satisfying word that fills a gap in the lexicon of abuse. It sails easy off the tongue and it carries just the right degree of amiable contempt, less harsh than wanker but more devastating than prat.

Johnny Norfolk said...

The Tory party dunbing down. Pity.

tom horrocks said...

Tebbit. Tosser. My thoughts precisely.

wasp said...

Does Tebbit still think use of the word "nincompoop" should be restricted to after 9pm.

Glenn said...

"Lord Tebbit added: "It is not a word I would even use about Polly Toynbee.""

LOL! Good old Norman! The Prince Philip of the Conservative Party!

James said...

The "tosser" element rather misses the point. I thought that was lighthearted enough nonsense.

What really annoyed me, more than anything from any party for a while, was how patronising and misguided it was. The message was that people get in to debt by buying Gucci and Cristal on a whim. Actually, debt problems occur because life is expensive and incomes are variable. The people with real problems are poorly paid in jobs which don't last, have family responsibilities and just live a little beyond their means.

It was telling that the Dave and George show seemed to think it was down to people blowing £200 on a decent bottle of bubbly. It makes me sick to the gut to be lectured on personal responsibility by smug, trustafarian, for want of a better word "tossers".

Curly said...

I have no qualms with any councillor donating his/ her money to who ever they wish, so long as the gesture is voluntary, and the Tossers don't take it directly out of my council tax contributions. The councillors' allowances were put in place to enable them to provide you and I with a decent representative service, not to service the Labour Party's debts!!

griswold said...

Well said Curly. Well said Norman. With each new Cameorn 'iniative' I am closer to cancelling my debit order. Cameron could be as well running Hill and Knowlton as the Conservative Party.

Caroline Hunt said...

Well the consensus from me and other young people is that it turns people off before they even get close to the message of helpin people out of debt and poverty and instead just shakes an angry finger at us in a patronising way. See my blog for the rest of my thoughts.

proud to be anonymous said...

Polly Toynbee is not so much a tosser as a loser. She's lost her magnificent left wing heritage, being now a stereotypical Tory in everything but name (enormous income, aristocratic lineage, private schooling for the kiddies, second home in comfortable oversea climate zone, and so forth) which leaves her with zero socialist street cred.

Now, that Dave Cameron. Now there's a real tosser.

Anonymous said...

I just have to respond to james, It is true that some people have trouble meeting their day to day needs with regards to their families and the cost of them whilst having variable incomes, but there is huge amounts of debts being built up by people buying things they do not need.

The former is hard to tacle, the latter can be tackled by engaging peeple and showing them that their is another way.

No one solution suits everyone but this one will help some.

I welcome it. Shouldn't you?

Tim Worstall said...

'Lord Tebbit added: "It is not a word I would even use about Polly Toynbee."

Now there's an image best not contemplated...'

To be fair, the DK has indeed conemplated it, and worse in fact. Sickening if compelling reading it was too.

Anonymous said...

"It is not a word I would even use about Polly Toynbee"

but she might use it about him!

Anonymous said...

Ref: Anon 6.03PM

Maybe, but la Toynbee's is an opinion about which I couldn't give a fish's fcuk.

Now Tebbit, though I don't share his politics, will ever live in my thoughts as a man who, each time the Beeb tried it on with him, tore the mendacious sods, not raggedly 'up for arse paper' but into neat little squares to be hung, where they belonged, on the back of the lavatory door. And the gentle smile never left his voice while on air.

Neil Craig said...

""It is not a word I would even use about Polly Toynbee"

but she might use it about him!"

Which is the point. Lord Tebbit has managed to express his opinion of Polly without going beyond proper manners.